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Telephonist

Alternative titles for this job include Switchboard operator

Telephonists, or switchboard operators, answer and connect calls and take messages.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

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How to become

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How to become a telephonist

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could take an introductory course like:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Customer Service
  • Level 2 Certificate in Contact Centre Operations

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You could do an intermediate apprenticeship in customer service.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

There are no set requirements for applying directly for jobs, though employers may ask for some GCSEs. Basic computer skills and admin experience can be useful.

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • administration skills
  • a desire to help people
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will vary depending where you work. You could:

  • answer and connect calls using a computerised switchboard system
  • test lines and report faults
  • update directories
  • take and pass on messages
  • carry out basic administration tasks
  • work in a team with 'front of house' staff

Working environment

You could work in a contact centre, in a reception area or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could apply for work as an administrator, customer services specialist or customer services supervisor.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Office Claims Team Apprentice

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location:

Customer Service Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,500.00 Annually
  • Location: IPSWICH

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